Comedy caper on college campus
The Saturday matinee at the Fullarton Theatre in Castle Douglas is Sherlock Gnomes (U) in which the great detective comes to the aid of the gnomes when they are threatened by an evil force.
The evening choice is the comedy Life of the Party (12A).
Melissa McCarthy plays a woman dumped by her husband who embraces her freedom and goes back to college. The problem is that she ends up in the same school as her daughter, who is mortified when she plunges into first-year life with all the parties and boys she can handle.
The live event on Tuesday is a new production of the most famous ballet of all, Swan Lake from the Royal Opera House.
When the first film splattered the screen with blood and expletives in 2016, Ryan Reynolds broke through the ‘fourth wall’ to engage with his audience and broke just about every Marvel Universe rule book, revitalising the comic book cinematic world.
Now he is back with Deadpool 2 (15) at Newton Stewart Cinema from tomorrow with more of the same and much more.
When tragedy turns Wade Wilson/ Deadpool into a revenge-seeking mercenary, his metal friend Collossus tries to get him into training young future X-Men, in particular the rebellious teenager Russell.
But a time-travelling mercenary, Cable (Josh Brolin), turns up to kill Russell before he can kill his family in the future. This mix of the two comic book franchises leads to spectacular action sequences and points to the future development of the new X-Men series to come.
This one is wilder and more inventive than the first and Reynolds and Brolin end up as a comedy double act. Stay for the end credits for some very funny extra scenes.
As a bonus on Saturday and Sunday, the Japanese animated film Mary and the Witches Flower (U) is based on the children’s book in which a little girl finds a flower that has magical powers, but only for one night. This is a lovely film for all the family.
At the Odeon in Dumfries the show goes on with the return of the dinosaurs in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (12A). Three years after the disaster that closed the Jurassic World theme park, the dinosaurs have been free to roam at will.
But a volcano on the island is about to erupt and ex-manager Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) forms a dinosaur rescue operation with the help of her partner Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and John Hammond’s former partner Benjamin Lockwood.
Her plan is to create a dino sanctuary but Lockwood has plans to auction the creatures for profit. So you could have your own pet T-Rex in the back garden.
Of course it all goes wrong when a hybrid dinosaur escapes. This may all sound too contrived to sustain a blockbuster but it is the action that counts with Howard and Pratt in the thick of it and Brits Toby Jones and Rafe Spall adding to the cast.
But the real stars are the dinosaurs. Weekend screenings are also in 3D.
At the Burns Centre in Dumfries, Friday and Saturday are given over to the Dumfries Student Film Festival with workshops and screenings of new films and an animation competition plus a public screening of New Talent Showreel on Saturday.
Later on Saturday and also next Wednesday and Thursday, Edie (12A) is the heart-warming story of an 83-year-old widow, played by Sheila Hancock, who defies her family and climbs a Scottish mountain with the help of a local lad.
For her it is the adventure of a lifetime and for him the formation of a beautiful friendship.
On Tuesday, the centre celebrates the launch of the Event Cinema programme that will bring live events in opera and drama to the screen. It has been a long wait but now you can see the spectacular new Royal Ballet production of the Tchaikovsky ballet Swan Lake at your local cinema.
This is a traditional production following the 19th century choreography, but with a new dramatic intensity and superb dancing
Laughs Melissa McCarthy in the Life of the Party. Below, action in Deadpool 2